Cape Verde and UN pen $92m development deal

Cape Verde and the United Nations have inked a $92 million cooperation deal for the former's sustainable development for the 2018-2022 period, local media reported.

According to the Televisão de Cabo Verde, the accord was inked by the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, and the Cape Verdean Foreign minister, Mr Luís Filipe Tavares.

Ms Utoikamanu is representing the UN Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, at the fourth World Forum for Local Development meeting in Praia.

Delegates from more than 80 countries are attending the meeting.

“We will work so that in the next five years we can implement several projects to improve the wellbeing of Cape Verdean people,” Televisão de Cabo Verde quoted Mr Tavares as saying.

The 2018-2022 programme will have a special focus on the youth, who constitute 50 per cent of the Cape Verde population.

Cape Verde, which gained independence from Portugal in 1975, is among the most politically stable states in Africa.

The Lusophone country is an archipelago on the north Atlantic, off the western coast of Africa, opposite Senegal and Mali.

Cape Verde has few natural resources and suffers from scant rainfall and limited fresh water.

The western African country has a population of an estimated 508,000.

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